SolarCity rises as Baird upgrades, praises growth potential

|By:, SA News Editor

After initially trading near breakeven following a Baird upgrade to Outperform, SolarCity (SCTY +1.7%) has moved higher.

Baird's Ben Kallo thinks the 35% drop seen since Feb. 27 provides a great buying opportunity for "the stock most levered to the U.S. rooftop market, which will likely undergo a boom over the next several years."

He also argues SolarCity's cost cuts and scale give it a competitive edge, and that solar asset-backed notes provide it with cheap capital to "capitalize on the expansive U.S. greenfield opportunity."

Deutsche and Roth talked up the value of SolarCity's asset securitization efforts two weeks ago. Shares rallied yesterday on news of the DOE's loan guarantee proposal.